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[News] Late Coverage of SCALE 2009 and FOSDEM 2009

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You may find you're a Linux geek, too

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| The free Linux operating system doesn't reveal its charms easily, but charms 
| it has. You just have to know how to make the software work for you. 
| That will become easier next weekend for those in the Los Angeles area, which 
| plays host to the annual Southern California Linux Expo at the LAX Westin 
| hotel.  
| Created in the early 1990s to be a freely distributable copy of the Unix 
| operating system, Linux has grown tremendously. 


blog(FOSDEM, 2009);

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| It's been five years since the first Free Java developer meeting at FOSDEM. 
| It's amusing to look back to how a bunch of nice people first met there, 
| sharing the dev room with Debian, to discuss packaging and steps towards 
| liberation of Java. It makes me feel like an old guy. At the same time, it 
| makes me feel like someone with a lot of old friends, so that's not so bad, 
| after all. Not bad at all.     
| [...]
| The final set of talks was devoted to community building, priorities and 
| everything around that. Petteri Räty spoke on recruiting, communication, and 
| lessons learned from the Gentoo Java project's efforts to expand the set of 
| developers, and share the workload of maintaining many packages onto many 
| shoulders.    



Turning Linux’s Advantages in to Advantages

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| This is how you install and update software on Windows:
|    1. Open a web browser.
|    2. Download an executable file from an (often un-verified) source.
|    3. Press next, next, next, next, next, next, next, next, finish.
|    4. Launch your software.
|    5. Wait for each individual piece of software to nag you about the latest
|    update. (”Logitech is going to look for updates…,” “Adobe PDF Reader
|    version 8.4 is available. Please install it now,” “QuickTime needs an
|    update (hey, mind if we sneak Safari in there, too? *wink*)”)
| On Linux, on the other hand, it works something like this:
|    1. Open Add/Remove programs.
|    2. Press a check mark and hit apply.
|    3. Launch your software.
|    4. Sit back as your software is automatically updated.

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